The Chicago River Swim
Start: Ping Tom Memorial Park
End: Clark Street Bridge
Distance: 2.4 Miles
Date: To Be Announced
The Chicago River is a unique and majestic feature that is tightly linked to Chicago's identity. With the overall improvement of the Chicago River, we bring the world's fastest growing sport - open water swimming - to the stadium of bridges and walkways that have been built to witness this event.
There is a charity component to this event, benefiting ALS Research (Lou Gehrig's Disease.) A Long Swim is an open water swimming venue that uses peer to peer fundraising to support Chicago's world class ALS research at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Sponsors, pro bono experts and volunteers needed to make this first event a successful annual open water swim in the Chicago River.